Oct 7, 2008 2:21pm
When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine
First off I love this band. I find good in all eras, some more than others. My first pick is usually going to be '72-'73, I've been known to be '77 snob. Sometimes though I don't have time for a 30 min Darkstar or 20 min+ Playin in the Band. This brings me to my point. I've been digging into 1987 this last week or so. I know there are heads out there who view this as sort of the beginning of the end, with influx of new fans and whatnot.
After '86, which by the way I don't know that I've ever listened to one note from that year, the Dead rose up like the ashes of Phoenix. Ok, sure there are not the big epic jams of previous years, but there is some tight as a gnats ass rock-n-roll. As far as dynamics and just pure old fashioned rippin' it up on the guitar, I think Jerry was spot on for the most part.
Yeah, the time thing I was talking about, sometimes when I'm running errands or driving to work or just out and about long jams can cause a dilemma because it seems when it's getting close to the peek I have to park the car. I really like the energy level of '87 as well. I have listened to some really fine recordings of this year as well. Here are some shows I think you all may enjoy.
3-3-87 (Quinn the Eskimo opener and the energy carries through the first set. Also notable is the first post-coma Mississippi Half- Step. Not as epic as '77's but there is a nice jazzy jam after the Rio-Grande part.)
3-27-87 ( BIODTL 24 beats for the score keepers and smokin Music Never Stopped. The best ever version of Touch of Grey, while not even close to 50th best Morning Dew, it's still a beauty. 2nd set Cumberland, the whole band is just tearing it apart.)
4-3-87 (Pounding China>Rider, Crazy Fingers>Samson, Space>The Other One. Short but charging.)
7-6-87 ( The day In the Dark was released and they don't play one tune from it. Gotta love these guys. Do check out Iko>Day-O>Man Smart with the Nevilles. Again, the energy really comes through on the recording.
This is all I have for now, any other suggestions would be appreciated.